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Comments for On My Wishlist: January 22, 2011
I finished my Cybils reading and am in the last few days of vacation before my spring semester begins. I have no idea if I will have time to read for fun for the next bunch of weeks. My text books are ordered and I'm just waiting for them to arrive. In case they arrive late, I also have them put on hold at my library.
In the mean time, I've added these books to my ever growing list:
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (Recommended by Book Nut)
When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers—all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother's strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?
Gone by Michael Grant (Recommended by Mel's Random Review)
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...
Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade (Recommended by A Simple Love of Reading)
After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare - former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead - finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this - ugh - 'helping of others' is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.
Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will's 'friend' or 'more' status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.
Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will's ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the 'clearly not' column. But Will is - ahem - willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.
Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.
Rosebush by Michele Jaffe (Recommended by Coffee, Books and Laundry)
Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run.
Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane's boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.
With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she's forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.
Operation Terror by Murray Leinster (Recommended by Joy's Blog)
Sometimes called the "Dean of SF," Murray Leinster (the pen name of William Fitzgerald Jenkins) won both a Hugo Award and a Sideways Award for Alternate History for his science fiction tales. First published in 1962, Operation Terror is a novel of alien invasion — about non-human beings landing on Earth with the intent of conquest. It's the story of how we respond to the threat. The hero of the story is Lockley, who suspects that human traitors may be involved in the alien attack and develops a portable device that deflects the alien terror beams with amazing and unforeseen circumstances.
Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein (Recommended by What's Your Story)
In this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen’s most trusted lady-in-waiting. She catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, and their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and ultimately, Ophelia must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever ... with one very dangerous secret, she is pregnant with Hamlet’s child. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.
Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Recommended by A Simple Love of Reading)
Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia's gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn't yet comprehend.
Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, an unresolved family tragedy resurfaces in Camelia's life, irrevocably changing everything she cares about...
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (Recommended by A Page Turner 4 U)
Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.
It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.
Elephant Milk by Diane Sherry Case (Recommended by The World of Book Reviews)
Sean Hayes is driving a lime green dune buggy that a friend of hers traded from Elvis Presley for angel dust. A major motion picture is about to be released with Sean's accidentally naked breasts in it and she has just watched her best girlfriend shoot heroin, while Keith Richards nodded on the couch. Sean parks the dune buggy on Coldwater Canyon, walks down the hill, and lights a joint to calm down. There she finds a pile of black clothes, wet with blood. The Tate murders? It is 1969 and things are starting to get really icky.
Meanwhile, Sean's first boyfriend has taken off to Mexico and she has no idea exactly where he is. But a girl has to follow her heart. Sean leaves Beverly Hills determined to find her lover, even if it means joining a traveling circus and getting lost in a world of drum rolls and lions and Mayan glyphs. Even it means having knives thrown at her for a living, and facing a loaded machine gun in the hands of her rival. Somehow, she will find Frank, even if means going deep into the jungle, just in time to view a total eclipse, on the back of her favorite elephant.
The Sea of Storms by Mark Whiteway (Recommended by The Book Bee)
Alli-Kar, a white-hole portal from another universe, rains meteoroids onto the surface of the planet Kelanni. But the so-called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws, transforming Kelanni's society.
With the aid of the fearsome Keltar in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are being put to forced labor to mine the lodestones.
Shann, an orphan with a fiery disposition, witnesses a battle between a Keltar and a stranger bearing a similar flying cloak. She tracks down the stranger, learning of the technology behind the Keltars' power and joining him on a mission to free the slaves and cut off their supply of lodestones.
Meanwhile Keris, a Keltar, is sent on a mission to track down the rebels. She is attacked by a flying creature and saved by the enigmatic Chandara. At their Great Tree, she learns that a mysterious "Prophet" is out to destroy the Kelanni people. Their only hope is a powerful instrument hidden in the distant past.
Pursued by Keltar, the party will encounter bizarre creatures, ancient technologies and terrifying dangers. Finally, they must seek to cross a massive storm barrier in order to reach the other side of their world, where a world-shaking revelation awaits.
Comment #1: Saturday, January, 22, 2011 at 12:31:22
The Case of the Missing Marquess looks interesting! I haven't heard of it before but I think I need to put it on my next wish list!
Comment #2: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:28:23
Hopefully we'll get to read it soon. Thank you for stopping by.
Comment #3: Saturday, January, 22, 2011 at 14:07:39
Great wishlist :)
I think Gone and the Gathering looks interesting :) Thanks for sharing :) And thanks for visiting my blog.
Comment #4: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:30:40
You're welcome. Hopefully I'll get them read later this year.
Comment #5: Saturday, January, 22, 2011 at 14:09:25
Oh, I've been wanting The Gathering so much. It's been on my wishlist forever! Hope we both get it. :)
Comment #6: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:32:40
Hopefully we will. Thank you for visiting.
Comment #7: Saturday, January, 22, 2011 at 14:15:31
I've really wanted to pick up Deadly Little Games (I think it's 2nd in the series?), it sounds really good and I love the story of Ophelia so that sounds just awesome. Those two are definitely going on my wishlist too.
Comment #8: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:33:41
I have a few series books listed this week. I will probably read the ones that come before even if they aren't formally listed on my wishlist.
Comment #9: Saturday, January, 22, 2011 at 14:46:15
I've been wanting to read Michael Grant's series too.
Comment #10: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:35:44
Looks good, doesn't it?
Comment #11: Saturday, January, 22, 2011 at 15:15:28
The Gathering sounds good. Adding that to my list. Hope you get these books soon! Here's mine: As the Pages Turn Blog
Comment #12: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:37:51
I am focusing on reading off my wishlist and TBR in 2011.
Comment #13: Saturday, January, 22, 2011 at 16:40:39
Comment #14: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:41:46
Hopefully we'll both get a chance this year.
Comment #15: Saturday, January, 22, 2011 at 23:11:06
Queen of the Dead sounds really good. Adding it to my TBR pile! :D
Great wishlist this week! Hope you get them all soon!
Comment #16: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:42:31
Thank you. I am trying to check out the books on my list from the library. I can't get them all that way but I can get most of them.
Comment #17: Sunday, January, 23, 2011 at 03:17:14
Wow, what a nice mailbox! Deadly little games sounds intriguing :)
Comment #18: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:44:31
If only that were true. These are just wishes. Not actual books in my possession.
Comment #19: Monday, January, 24, 2011 at 07:18:30
Ophelia sounds fantastic. I love this type of thing and it's totally going on my wishlist. I just hope it doesn't turn out like A Thousand Acres, I'll never be able to read King Lear again. Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)
Comment #20: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:46:17
I didn't read A Thousand Acres so I don't know if it will or not.